August 2014, Taipei. Boan temple is smaller than Longshan temple, and also less popular. Yet, the temple seems more authentic and intimate.
Fruits, flowers, beverages and treats are waiting on tables while the smoke of hundreds of incense sticks are surrounding the faithfuls. As in many asian countries, such as Korea, China or Thailand, temples often contain offerings given by locals. In the chinese culture however, these offerings seem much more frequent and usual. Most of these gifts are not very expensive and are actually coming from surrounding convenient stores. What is considered as offerings in Taiwan, and more generally, in Asia, is therefore close to gifts which could have been given at any time to any friend. The distance between gods and faithfuls seem in this way much closer than in Europe.